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Growth, Employment and Economic Policy in South Africa: A Critical Review

"The paper starts with an overview of South Africa's job crisis. It then moves on to consider whether the country's economic policies are conducive to labour-demanding growth. In so doing, it examines trade policies, labour market policies and macro…

My kingdom for an Ore: Japanese relations with South Africa

"Japan-South Africa relations have always been dominated by Japan's need for raw materials to supply its huge manufacturing machine, regardless of changing political circumstances in South Africa. The result has been a typical North-South relationsh…

Performance and Competitiveness of Small and Medium Sized Manufacturing Enterprises in Botswana

"This study assessed whether SMEs in Botswana have the institutional support that allows them to be competitive both domestically and internationally. Ironically, the results indicate that SMEs in Botswana generally have a lot of institutional supp…

Botswana Textile and Apparel Sub Sector Study

"The textile and apparel industry has been through a number of growth cycles followed by periods of retraction. It would appear that it is now consolidating following the closures brought about by the retraction of the FAP and is poised for a perio…

OSSREA Bulletin Vol 5 No 2

In this bulletin the workshop for Dissemination of PRSP Books is highlighted. This discussion is followed by four feature articles entitled as follows: 1) Regional Economic Integration: The Key to Africa’s Development in the 21st Century 2)Export Di…

Reflections on the Nigerian-South African Dialogue

"The first session of the Dialogue was closed to the outside public. In this, much was learnt about the history, nature, role and resource-bases of the respective institutions. The second day of the Dialogue covered the political outlook and the for…

The Southern African Regional Clothing and Textile Industry: Case Studies of Malawi, Mauritius and Zimbabwe

"In the regional context, the SADC Trade and Investment Protocol - that is intended to further liberalise intra-regional trade in Southern Africa - has set in motion a wave of new opportunities and threats for clothing and textile firms in the regio…

Textiles and Clothing in SADC: Key Issues and Policy Perspectives

"Industrial sectors across the SADC region differ from one another in terms of size, structure and competitiveness. The shifting of market boundaries and the improvement of market access is going to have a significant impact on the size, structure …

Policy for Industrial Development: A Case Study of the Clothing Industry in Mauritius

"A major cause of the economic success enjoyed by Mauritius was the rapid growth of the clothing industry. This policy brief presents the key industrial policies responsible for developing the clothing industry. The brief also highlights the challen…

The Effects of Investment Climate on Manufacturing Firms’ Growth in Uganda

"This policy brief highlights findings on the effects of investment climate factors on manufacturing firms’ growth in Uganda. The low and stagnant level of manufacturing sector share in Gross Domestic Product within most African countries has been…

Nyet and the Nomenklatura South Africa and shipbuilding in Ukraine: Appraising economic, political and military reforms

"This report provides a historical and contemporary overview of the Ukrainian military and its shipbuilding industry, the business environment, and South African and continental relations with Ukraine, and assesses the potential for expanded ties."

China, India and African Manufacturing Framework for Understanding the Impact of Aid and Migration

"This paper attempts to analyse two variables that are not regularly considered when discussing the impact of China and India on African manufacturing: Aid and migration. The two are among the channels through which China and India affect African m…

China-Africa Economic Relations: The Case of Uganda

"The paper is organized as follows: part I, which is the introductory section,highlights the relations between Uganda and China. This section throws light on the stakeholders involved including aspects on how each of them is benefiting or loosing in…

Determinants of a Firm's Level of Exports: Evidence from Manufacturing Firms in Uganda

"The aim of this study was to establish why Ugandan manufacturing firms decide to enter the export market. The study built on previous studies by including business environment factors, factor intensity variables and specific firm characteristics i…

Efficiency of Microenterprises in the Nigerian Economy

"This study investigates the efficiency of microenterprises in the Nigerian economy, using cross sectional data collected on 180 microenterprises selected from block-making, metalfabricating and sawmilling occupational groups. Quantitative estimates…

Evolving Wave of Competition in the International Market: Challenges for Africa through the Rise of China and India

"The remarkable growth of China and India combined account for one third of the global population, and together with their progressive integration into the global economy over the last decades, this has left its mark on international trade flows. In…

Macroeconomic Effects of VAT in Nigeria: A Computable General Equilibrium Analysis

"This study analyses the impact of value added tax on key sectoral and macroeconomic aggregates, using a CGE model considered suitable for Nigeria. A survey of VATable Nigerian manufacturers, distributors, importers and suppliers of goods and serv…

Opportunities And Challenges Facing Africa In The Development Of Key Export Sectors Under The WTO Agreement - A Focus On Mining, Manufacturing And Services

"This paper considers the position in Africa of the mining, manufacturing and services sectors, specifically: Their performance and growth potential; the constraints to market access that confront them when output and exports are expanded; The key …

Productivity Growth in Nigerian Manufacturing and its Correlation to Trade Policy Regimes/Indexes (1962–1985)

"While the centrality of productivity enhancement to growth acceleration is one issue around which broad consensus exists in theory and empiricism, the role of trade policy in fostering productivity growth has received only modest attention. This st…

Productivity, Market Structure and Trade Liberalization in Nigeria

"This study investigates the relationship between trade liberalization and the market structure and productivity performance of the Nigerian manufacturing sector. The study also shows that foreign ownership has an important bearing on firm performa…

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